All research, including thesis and dissertation research that involves human subjects either directly or indirectly must be approved PRIOR to the research itself. University policy does not allow approval after the research has begun. Research involving human subjects includes, but is not limited to, research that uses subjects to respond to surveys, observes human behavior, or analyses communication or communication records.
TTU Operating Policy 74.09 details the procedures required by 45 CFR 46.102 and appropriate university rules. The Human Subjects Committee, operating under the Office of Research Services, serves as the TTU Institutional Review Board (IRB). Instructions and forms for requesting human subjects research approval are available from the Office of Research Services or the Center for Communication Research.